Partners

Fræðslumiðstöð atvinnulífsins (IS)  – Project manager
The Education and Training Service Centre is a collaborative forum for adult education and vocational training in cooperation with other educational bodies operating under the auspices of the member associations. The Centre targets those who have not completed the upper secondary level of education and develops RPL strategy in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. The ETSC is a centre for educational consulting and the development of adult education and develops courses for teachers in various areas of adult education. The ETSC is also a center for the development of guidance and counselling for adults on the labour market, particularly those who have not completed education at upper secondary level, approx. 28% of the Icelandic labour force.
Contact:
Ms. Arnheiður Gígja Guðmundsdóttir: gigja(at)frae.is
Ms. Fjóla María Lárusdóttir: fjola(at)frae.is

Multidisziplinäres Institut für Europa-Forschung Graz -MERIG (AT)
The Multidisciplinary European Research Institute Graz (MERIG), founded in 2003, aims to link researchers and institutions from diverse areas in order to pursue and support common research, development, intermediation and education activities. MERIG is organised as a non-profit association (NPO) of researchers funded by private and public research contracts and projects.
The core fields of expertise deal with social, cultural, political, ecological and economic issues in addition to more general topics connected to internal and external relations within the European Union. Connected to education, main fields of interest are education and training systems in Europe, in particular vocational education and training. Thereby the specific focus lies on the improvement of vocational education in general and specifically of entrepreneurship, management and soft skills in small enterprises. Another main work area is evaluation research and applied quality management and evaluation of education processes and projects.
Contact:
Ms. Brigitte Zörweg brigitte.zoerweg(at)merig.org
Mr. Johann Laister johann.laister(at)merig.org

Oulun Aikuiskoulutuskeskus Oy (FI)
Oulu Adult Education Centre (OAKK) operates with  40 years of experience in Northern Finland’s expanding city of technology, Oulu. Our students, of course, come from a much broader area. Vocational adult education has an important role in maintaining and developing of knowledge in Finland. It responds to the constantly changing needs of labour market by cooperating with companies. Students are encouraged to life-long learning and independent search for information. You can find more detailed information of the adult education in Finland from pages the National Board of Education or from pages the AIKE Group.
Contact:
Ms. Teea Oja: teea.oja(at)oakk.fi
Ms. Marja Kevajarvi: marja.kevajarvi(at)oakk.fi

Centrum för flexibelt lärande (CFL), Söderhamns kommun (SE)
CFL (Centre for Flexible Learning), http://www.cfl.soderhamn.se,  is the centre for all types of adult, VET and distance education in the municipality of Söderhamn, a coastal city in the rural northern part of Sweden. The CFL also organizes a 3 years health care programme for youth on upper secondary level. CFL has about 60 full time staff and 900 students in part- or fulltime studies on various levels, from basic education up to higher VET and university level. CFL is a member of the Hälsingeutbildning, a distance learning network, http://www.halsingeutbildning.nu. CFL has coordinated many local and regional projects, both EU (Grundtvig, Leonardo, Comenius) and domestic. CFL is one of five adult learning centres that has been selected as “best practices” in Europe by a study 2006 initiated by the European commission (DG Education and culture).
Contact:
Mr. Klas Tallvid: klas.tallvi(at)soderhamn.se
Ms. Jennica Hall: jennica.hall(at)soderhamn.se

Foundation European Centre Valuation Prior Learning – EC VPL (NL)
The Foundation with its structural staff of 5 people and its incidental staff through the affiliation with Inholland University, studies, accumulates and distributes information on every imaginable aspect of Lifelong Learning-Strategies in which the systematics of Valuation/Validation of prior Learning (VPL) plays a structuring role.
Examples:
– national and international information pertaining to VPL projects,
– qualitative research: case studies, procedures, instruments, financing and legislation.
– Incidental bottlenecks in the sphere of legislation and regulations are surveyed and discussed with responsible authorities. Furthermore training-manuals for the professionals working in the lifelong learning-arena are developed.
– development and implementation of training-programmes,
– experiments and projects on sectoral, national and European levels,
– disseminating results and good practice of the use of VPL within LLL-strategies,
– quality-management of projects and innovation-processes in learning-& working-fields,
– advice and guidance of target-group organisations in the fields of VPL-enhanced LLL-strategies.
Contact:
Mr. Kees Schuur: keesschuur(at)gmail.com